On the day briefing: The Government's mandate to NHS England and remit to NHS Improvement in 2018-19

NHS England is responsible for arranging the provision of health services in England. The mandate to NHS England sets out the government’s objectives for NHS England, as well as its budget. In doing so, the mandate sets the direction for the NHS and helps to ensure the NHS is accountable to parliament and the public. Every year, the secretary of state must publish a mandate to ensure that NHS England’s objectives remain up to date.

NHS Improvement is responsible for overseeing NHS foundation trusts, NHS trusts and independent providers and has statutory responsibility for trust financial control. Every year, the minister of state for health must publish NHS Improvement’s remit.

The mandate for 2016-17 set out enduring objectives to 2020, and set NHS England’s budget for five years. The 2018-19 mandate and the remit published yesterday continue the approach set out in 2016-17, maintaining the direction set and defining annual deliverables for 2018-19 that will keep health services on track to meet those longer-term goals. Changes and clarifications have been made within some objectives to reflect developments since 2017-18. This briefing sets out the goals and deliverables for the NHS in 2018-19.


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